Anacortes, WA (PressExposure) January 03, 2012 -- There's a senior boom happening around the world, and it's creating new opportunities for those who want to start a senior service business to care for them. The senior population in America alone is over 40 million and growing at a rate of 10,000 seniors who turn 65 every day.
As seniors age, they need more help with daily activities that younger folks take for granted, like gardening, home maintenance and running errands. Most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes (over 80%, according to a recent survey) as long as possible, but become less mobile as they age. This creates an opportunity to help homebound seniors by handling those everyday errands for them.
Homebound seniors require help with shopping for groceries, picking up prescriptions, house parts at the hardware store, even driving Fido to the vet or groomer. It's a much-needed service that can keep a good errand runner as busy as they want to be.
An errand service business can be started without formal training or business experience. Those who do best have an abundance of common sense, organizational skills to help with multi-tasking, patience, honesty and compassion. A dependable vehicle and a cellphone are the two essential tools to get started.
The rewards of helping seniors can be great, not just in money, but in helping homebound seniors keep their independence as long as possible. The national average rate for errand runners is $25 an hour.
This new book, "How to Start a Profitable Senior Errand Service" explains:
* How to get started for under $600.
* How to set rates.
* 4 best sources for free customer referrals.
* 16 best services to offer. * 8 ways to keep your schedule full.
* How to get free advertising.
The book also includes all the essential forms needed for a senior errand service.
If you love helping people and are an honest, caring person, starting a senior errand service could be your ticket to both financial independence and a satisfying career. The flexible hours make it an ideal business for part-timers. Because homebound seniors will always need help with their errands, it's a recession-resistant business.
How to Start a Profitable Senior Errand Service is published by Headstart Publishing, and is available for just $19 from: http://www.seniorerrandservice.com